November hive-side chat: “What’s the buzz: Queen pesticide exposure during development”

November Hive-Side Chat “What’s the buzz: Queen pesticide exposure during development” Join us for a monthly ‘Hive-side Chat’  where our Alberta Tech Transfer Program (TTP) lead Dr. Renata Borba will cover various topics related to honey bee health, biology, pathology (and more!), through a series of engaging on-line webinars. The Hive-side Chat  will start with...

October Hive-Side Chat Webinar: “Asian Hornets: What are they, where are they, and what do they do to honey bees?”

October Hive-Side Chat Asian Hornets: What are they, where are they, and what do they do to honey bees? Join us for a monthly ‘Hive-side Chat’  where our Alberta Tech Transfer Program (TTP) lead Dr. Renata Borba will cover various topics related to honey bee health, biology, pathology (and more!), through a series of engaging...

Honey Bee Health Coalition

The Alberta Beekeepers Commission is proud to have recently joined the Honey Bee Health Coalition. Since its inception in 2014, the Coalition has brought together beekeepers, farmers, researchers, government agencies, ag suppliers, NGO’s and consumer-facing brands on both sides of the border to improve the health of bees in general and specifically on and around...

Atypical EFB in Alberta

Atypical EFB in Alberta By Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Bee Health Assurance Team In recent months, the Alberta Agriculture and Forestry Bee Inspectors have seen a rise in European Foulbrood (EFB) cases. Testing performed by the National Bee Diagnostic Centre (NBDC) has shown that many of these cases are a new, more virulent and atypical...

August Hive-side Chat Webinar: Varroa mites, Varroa-related viruses and miticide treatment

August Hive-Side Chat Varroa mites, Varroa-related viruses and miticide treatment Join us for a monthly ‘Hive-side Chat’  where our Alberta Tech Transfer Program (TTP) lead Dr. Renata Borba will cover various topics related to honey bee health, biology, pathology (and more!), through a series of engaging on-line webinars. The Hive-side Chat  will start with a...

‘Hive-side Chat’ Webinar: The Basics of Honey Bee Biology

Introducing the new Tech Transfer Program monthly webinar series: The Hive-Side Chat Join us for a monthly ‘Hive-side Chat’  where our Alberta Tech Transfer Program (TTP) lead Dr. Renata Borba will cover various topics related to honey bee health, biology, pathology (and more!), through a series of engaging on-line webinars. The Hive-side Chat  will start...

MONITOR, MONITOR, MONITOR!!!

By Renata Borba, Tech Transfer Program Lead When it comes to disease prevention and treatment, if you don’t know what you are fighting, you may be taking the wrong measures. It is very important to continuously monitor for diseases and manage them properly. The year of 2019 was a challenging year for most beekeepers in...

Spring Colony Management: Making Splits from Strong Colonies

There are many reasons one would choose to divide a strong, healthy colony. One is to prevent bees from swarming off into your neighbor’s yard.  Another reason is to make nucs or packages and sell to make some extra cash, or to expand your own operation. One important question you will ask when checking your colonies...

New Beekeeper Services

By Renata Borba, Tech Transfer Program Lead, ABC The Alberta Beekeepers Commission recently launched two new service offerings as part of the Technology Transfer Program (TTP). These tailor-made services have been specifically designed to support the needs of commercial beekeepers in Alberta and provide valuable monitoring, testing, and evaluation of pests and pathogens in your...

Nosema Ceranae and Lotmaria Passim, a dynamic duo

By Courtney Macinnis, Phd Student, Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada And University Of Alberta Notorious Nosema ceranae – what is it and what does it do? Nosema ceranae is a highly specialized fungal parasite capable of causing disease in adult honey bees. Honey bees become infected with N. ceranae by ingesting spores of the parasite, which...

Apimondia 2019

Highlights from the 46th Apimondia International Apicultural Congress in Montreal The Alberta Beekeepers Commission was proud to represent the Alberta beekeeping industry at the 46th Apimondia International Apiculture Congress and ApiExpo event in Montreal in September. Together with beekeepers, honey producers, researchers, industry professionals and other delegates from across the globe,Apimondia was an amazing opportunity...

American Foulbrood (Part 2 of 2)

Part 2 of AMERICAN FOULBROOD by Dr. Meghan Milbrath Diagnosis of AFB: Laboratory analysis AFB spores can be characterized through microscopic identification, culture, or molecular techniques. For more information on laboratory diagnosis of AFB, read Diagnosis of American Foulbrood in honey bees: a synthesis and proposed analytical protocols (https://naldc.nal.usda.gov/ download/28123/PDF), and the COLOSS standards for American...

European Foulbrood

By the Agriculture and Forestry Bee Health Assurance Team Background European foulbrood (Melissococcus plutonius) is a brood disease of honey bees, with near global distribution. In Alberta, European foulbrood (EFB) is listed as a bee disease under the Alberta Bee Regulation. Typically, symptoms of EFB ariseearly in the season, and spontaneously resolve with a strong...

Honey Bee Diseases, Pests,Identification, Diagnosis and Treatment – American Foulbrood (Part 1 of 2)

The clustered and warm environment of the honey bee colony provides a favorable condition for growth of many pathogens. As a result, honey bees act as a host for a multitude of pathogens and parasites. Protecting bees from pathogens and disease is an integral component of the hive management, which requires dedication to learning about...